Ruut Veenhoven
In: Journal of Happinessss Studies, 2003, vol. 4, pp.373-384, Special issue on ‘Art-of-living’

The term 'art-of-living' refers to capabilities for leading a good life. Since there are different views on what a good life is, there could also be a difference in the capabilities called for. In this paper I distinguish two main views on the good life: the 'virtuous' life and the 'enjoyable' life and describe variants of each. I explore what competencies are required for living such lives and conclude that these differ indeed. So there are different arts of living.

The set of capabilities required for leading a happy life can be identified by means of empirical research. This capability-profile comes close to the notion of ‘positive mental health’.

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